Selected 2018 Media
The 'end of AIDS' is not even nearly in sight, experts warn | Devex | July 20, 2018
Asia Russell, executive director of the Health Global Access Project, an HIV and AIDS advocacy organization, blamed international donors, whose funding has flatlined over the past seven years, for stalling progress.
"The global AIDS response is profoundly off track. This harsh reality is the consequence of major funders, in particular the U.S. government, refusing to invest in life-saving funding increases, exacerbating scandalous inequities in treatment and prevention access that are leaving millions of people waiting for life-saving services,” Russell said in a statement.
Tillerson’s Nairobi Visit Highlights Proposed Spending Cuts | New York Times | March 11, 2018
The State Department Should Stop Tweeting About International Women’s Day | Huffington Post | March 8, 2018
Trump’s global AIDS cuts has 200+ scientists ‘gravely concerned’ | Washington Blade | March 7, 2018
Letter speaks to evidence against White House policies, cuts and science stances | Science Speaks | February 28, 2018
An open letter seeking signatures from scientists and clinicians worldwide highlights directives, directions, policies, and proposed funding cuts from the Trump administration with impacts on evidence-based efforts to control and reverse the HIV pandemic.
The letter, circulated by Health GAP (Global Access Project), points to the administration’s reinstatement and expansion of the “Mexico City Policy,” that bars U.S. funding from any overseas program that provides any services or information to terminate pregnancies, or advocacy of safe abortion access, noting that it will affect the standard of health care and critical medical services for women both living with and at risk for HIV. It points to the administration’s proposal to radically cut funding to National Institutes of Health efforts to develop new needed medicines, diagnostics and prevention measures, and to build capacities to counter HIV in high-burden countries. And it points to the administration’s proposal to cut at $1.284 billion from global AIDS prevention and treatment programs, in the face of data showing that any hope of gaining control of the pandemic by 2030 demands greater investments now.
Donald Trump’s new budget will see over $1 billion slashed from HIV/AIDS programs | Gay Times Magazine | February 15, 2018
Asia Russell, the Executive Director of the Health Global Access Project, added that “if this budget passes as proposed, Donald Trump’s legacy will be millions of new and unnecessary infections and deaths – and a massive resurgence in the AIDS pandemic.”
Kenya: Millions of Kenyans Saved By U.S. Anti-Aids Initiative | AllAfrica | February 12, 2018
"This strategy makes the right moves in too few places, at the expense of saving lives everywhere else," added Asia Russell, director of the New York-based Health Global Access Project. She characterised PEPFAR's approach as "the kind of global Aids response policymakers craft when they have one hand tied behind their backs...An ambitious strategy wouldn't limit efforts toward epidemic control in just 13 of PEPFAR's more than 50 countries, but would aggressively map out a plan for ending Aids as an epidemic in all countries."
Selected 2017 Media
"Seven months after President Trump accused the pharmaceutical industry of 'getting away with murder,' he is busy lining the pockets of large pharmaceutical companies worldwide by giving them more power to charge higher prices overseas." –Brook Baker & Katrina Geddes
"The policy “risks undoing years of progress on women’s health in PEPFAR countries,” said Asia Russell, executive director of the Health Global Access Project, a public health group."
Selected 2016 Media
Trump Leaves AIDS Advocates Feeling Anxious | The Bay Area Reporter | December 1, 2016
"George Bush got PEPFAR started and it's always been considered a bipartisan thing," said Hilary McQuie of Health GAP. "But Paul Ryan has proposed cutting billions from discretionary funds, and that covers global health funding. It seems very unlikely under Ryan's budgets that we'd get the $2 billion extra we need to ramp up the response to end AIDS by 2030."
10 Arrested At Paul Ryan's Office While Protesting Cuts To HIV/AIDs Programs | DCist | December 1, 2016
On World AIDS Day, 10 protesters were arrested this afternoon near House Speaker Paul Ryan's office as they protested funding cuts to programs related to HIV/AIDS, or what they called an 'AIDS nightmare budget'.
Before the action at Paul Ryan's office, AIDS activists gathered outside on the Capitol Hill lawn in a preemptive strike against potential health care budget cuts. Members from watchdog groups D.C. Fights Back, ACT UP Philadelphia, Health GAP, Vocal New York, Student Global AIDS Campaign, American Medical Student Association, Treatment Action Group and Universities Allied for Essential Medicine collaborated to deliver their message of grave concern over projected changes in government spending for domestic and global health and HIV care. An estimated 200 people attended the rally, seeking to send a robust, tri-fold message to President-elect Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress: Keep the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intact, stop drug companies from price gouging and strengthen Medicaid and Medicare.
The rally drew activists from New York and Philadelphia, who joined local activists from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
10 AIDS activists arrested outside Paul Ryan's office protesting health care cuts | Daily Kos | December 1, 2016
Led by Matthew Kavanagh, senior policy analyst at Health GAP, HIV/AIDS activists sought a meeting with Ryan at his office in the Longworth House Office Building. After knocking on the door to Ryan’s office numerous times, two staffers came into the hallway to meet with the activists and Kavanagh, who said Ryan’s plans would harm the estimated 1.2 million people with HIV in the United States and stifle efforts to address the global epidemic.
Trump has no plans for tackling HIV/AIDS — and his team has an abysmal track record | Vice News | December 1, 2016
"One of the most important things that happened with Medicaid expansion is that people were able to move off of ADAP and not just get HIV drugs but full [health] insurance," Matt Kavanaugh, an HIV/AIDS health policy activist with the Health Global Access Project, told PBS. "If that rolls back, it’s likely we will see huge problems with ADAP."
Another Day, Another Anti-LGBT Cabinet Pick | Washington Blade | November 29, 2016
Hilary McQuie, director of U.S. policy and grassroots mobilization for the HIV/AIDS group Health GAP, said the [Tom] Price nomination is "a worst case scenario for people living with HIV."
"In collusion with Paul Ryan, he will try to dismantle the safety net and healthcare system that has allowed us to build towards ending the epidemic," McQuie said. "We are going to have to mount a huge response to secure Medicaid, Medicare, HOPWA, ADAP, CDC and every other acronym that represents healthcare and social services for people in the U.S."
Anti-gay Atlanta lawmaker tapped for Trump Cabinet | Project Q Atlanta | November 29, 2016
Trump’s agenda has progressives worried about the possible rollback of health services for gay people.
"It’s an agenda that destroys the national health safety net," says Matt Kavanagh, a seasoned health policy activist with the Health Global Access Project, which campaigns for drug access for people with HIV across the globe. "We have a lot of people with HIV who depend on these programs."
LGBT Health Advocates Fear Backlash Under Trump | PBS News Hour | November 28, 2016
Uganda: NMS, Cipla Bickering Over Expensive HIV/AIDS Drugs | All Africa | October 25, 2016
"The key issue with Cipla supplying hepatitis B medicines is that these are the same medicines where we are not getting a competitive price," says Asia Russell, Executive Director of a Civil Society Organization - Health GAP (Global Access Project).
She blames Cipla's monopoly. "Uganda needs a sustainable supply of generic treatment, but the medicines must be competitively priced," she says.
She adds: "The demand of a national business for a subsidy is not on the same level as the need of people with HIV for access to life saving treatment. The government shouldn't pit the two demands against each other as if they were equivalent".
Free-Trade Deals Are Making It Much Harder to Fight AIDS | The Nation | September 19, 2016
Health GAP argues that the pledge is shaped by political calculations, not public-health priorities, as it "falls significantly short of what is needed from the United States to close the widening funding gap for the global AIDS response and capitulates to an irresponsibly low replenishment goal." The group projects that the new US pledge is the equivalent of an increase of "roughly $80 million per year at a time when $7 billion per year in additional funding is what UNAIDS estimates is needed to put the world on track toward ending the AIDS crisis."
UN panel urges wider access to medicines, but pharma slams the report | STAT News | September 14, 2016
Consumer and patient advocacy groups largely praised the UN report. Doctors Without Borders, for instance, called it a "landmark report." But some complained that the panel did not go far enough in some ways. Beyond encouraging governments to issue these licenses, Health GAP said the UN should have "condemned trade agreements and national laws" that do not make clear that countries have the right to issue a compulsory license.
UN High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines Issues “Landmark” Report | Intellectual Property Watch | September 14, 2016
Health GAP was a little more critical, stating: "Unfortunately, while the Panel’s report also recommends specific progress on transparency and more open access to the fruits of university and publicly supported research, the Panel was unable to reach consensus on bold recommendations concerning the limits of the WTO’s Agreement on TRIPS framework to protect access to medicines. Instead, the Panel opined that the right of access to medicines and other health technologies could be resolved within the existing framework of TRIPS flexibilities – a premise that we strongly reject."
AIDS funding is in crisis. Who will step up? | Devex | July 28, 2016
"We have what we need to ensure people are healthy," said Matthew Kavanagh, the senior policy analyst for the Health Global Access Project, a global advocacy organization. "It’s possible when it’s funded. But that’s not the track we’re on."
Malawi: decline in HIV/AIDS donor funding scares UNAIDS Director | All Africa | July 19, 2016
Executive Director of the Health Global Access Project with says pumping in 7 billion dollars every year could make the goal of reaching all people living with HIV more realistic.
Africa: global AIDS fight jeopardised by funding drought. All Africa. July 21, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2aKMJuq
The complicated math of AIDS. Voices of America. July 22, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29Zo0ye
AIDS response under threat as funds dwindle. Jamaica Observer. August 1, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2apLZes
13% decline in global HIV funds, NACO says all’s well. Times of India. July 20, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2arNuCw
Activists march on 21st AIDS conference in Durban. Berea Mail. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2a812sB
March to AIDS conference highlights that millions remain untreated | Times Live | July 18, 2016
Several thousand people marched through the centre of Durban today to the opening of the International Aids Conference at the International Convention Centre. The march‚ organised by the Treatment Action Campaign‚ SECTION27 and the US-based Health GAP‚ highlighted the need to get antiretroviral treatment to people with HIV across the world.
AIDS activists demand treatment for all. Jamaica Observer. July 18, 2016| http://bit.ly/29XEhoX
TAC stages protest at Durban AIDS Conference. ENCA. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29PMXgG
Alcom K. Progress towards 90-90-90 targets is promising, but funding is the critical step, says UNAIDS leader. NAM AIDS Map. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2a6BoS9
Global AIDS gains ‘inadequate and fragile’ UN chief says. Boston Globe. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29LTiad
The world spent $1 billion less on AIDS, jeopardizing decades of progress. Washington Post. July 25, 2016 | http://wapo.st/2an4j5a
March for increased AIDS funding. Health 24. July 19, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2a7X5UT
Optimism about ending AIDS misplaced, some experts say. The Stewardship Report. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29Sqhwd
Access to ARVs for all. News 24. July 19, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29JtHmK
Optimism about ending AIDS misplaced, some experts say. Voice of America. July 16, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29OQDQZ
AIDS 2016: March urging India to protect access to medicine. East Coast Radio. July 21, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29RPy7I
Funds for HIV too little, could be fuelling epidemic: Global experts. The Times of India. July 18, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29JqlA2
NGOs, civil society organisations throttled in India: international activists. The Times of India. July 22, 2016 | http://bit.ly/2axhjEO
UN chief says gains made against AIDS ‘inadequate and fragile’. CBS News. July 18, 2016 | http://cbsn.ws/29RFb2A
Don’t spend money looking for an HIV cure- help the infected live instead, says the AIDS affected. Scroll. July 22, 2016 | http://bit.ly/29Tfjnt
Dear Senator: Do you really want cancer drugs to be super-expensive? | Huffington Post | May 19, 2016
Uganda HIV tracking program touted, but some fear abuse | Anadolu Agency | May 2, 2016
Uganda's Only Cancer Treatment Machine Breaks, Patients Left Waiting | Reuters Africa | April 19, 2016
Obama Dreams of an AIDS-Free Generation | Foreign Policy | April 18, 2016
"The administration and Congress started talking about ending the epidemic and, in an environment of manufactured austerity, frankly didn’t have the bravery to find the additional resources," said Asia Russell, the executive director of Health GAP, an international health rights group. "AIDS wasn’t in recession."
Public Health Groups Call for Congress to Reject TPP | The Hill | April 12, 2016
Dear UNAIDS: Magical thinking on who will fund the AIDS response will not end the epidemic | The Body | April 5, 2016
The Global Fund has been backing away from efforts to promote generic competition | Global Fund Observer | April 5, 2016
The Next President Has a Narrow Window to End Global AIDS | Huffington Post | March 16, 2016
Trans-Pacific Partnership could Block Cheap, Life-Saving Generic Drugs | Vocativ | March 15, 2016
High-Level UN Initiative On Global Public Health Gap Holds Landmark Hearing | Intellectual Property Watch | March 11, 2016
Health Law Expert Rips into TPP | News Hub | March 10, 2016
Repressive NGO Act | Inter Press Service | March 9, 2016
Shortage of HIV Drugs Looms in Uganda Again | The East African | February 22, 2016
Selected 2015 Media
Selected 2014 Media
Poz magazine, Dec, 2014. Celebrating youth power. Poz 100 features Amirah Sequiera, Michael Tikili, and Maureen Milanga for their game-changing work.
Selected 2013 Media
Mail & Guardian, US health policy weighs on SA's HIV patients. December 18, 2013. Story about Health GAP's report on how the US's shifting funding policy is harming South Africa. Matthew Kavanagh, the report's author is heavily quoted.
Wall Street Journal, Obama Pledges Billions for AIDS FightPresident Boosts Contribution to Global Fund, and Directs $100 Million to Search for Cure, December 2, 2013. Health GAP's Matthew Kavanagh is quoted.
Village Voice Blog, State Senator Brad Hoylman and 16 Other HIV/AIDS Protesters Arrested During Last Night's March for a "Robin Hood" Tax on Wall Street, Sept. 18, 2013. Photograph of Health GAP's Michael Tikili.
WBAI, Asia Pacific Forum- Generic Drug War: Global South vs. Big Pharma, June 17, 2013. Health GAP's Brook Baker interviewed.
Foreign Policy in Focus, May 20, 2013- TRIPping Up Least Developed Countries on Medicines, Green Tech, and Textbooks? by Health GAP's Matthew Kavanagh
Huffington Post, May 20, 2013- TRIPS Exemption Opposed By Obama Administration, Threatening Cost Spike For Drugs In Poorest Nations
Huffington Post, April 21, 2013- The New Bill to Rebuild the Nation with a Tax on Wall Street. Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn is quoted.
eNews Park Forest, April 17, 2013- Rep. Keith Ellison Reintroduces the Inclusive Prosperity Act Joined by Coalition...
Fire dog Lake, April 21, 2013- We are Going to Be Everywhere! Health GAP's Michael Tikili and Jennifer Flynn are quoted.
Former Investors, Nurses, Environmentalists, and Activists, Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn is quoted.
The Nation, April 17, 2013- A Robin Hood Response to the Austerity Lie: Tax Wall Street. Story about the re-introduction of Congressmember Ellison's bill with Health GAP mentioned.
The Lancet, April 13, 2013- India’s patent case victory rattles Big Pharma. Health GAP's Brook Baker is quoted.
NY Times, April 4, 2013- India's Novartis Decision. Health GAP's Brook Baker was an advisor to this powerful op ed.
NPR, March 11, 2013- Cantor Offers Softer GOP Message. Harvard SGAC chapter and ACT UP Boston protest Cantor's budget.
Selected 2012 Media
Huffington Post, January 30, 2012-Health GAP's Matthew Kavanagh writes Can John Kerry Fix the Administration's AIDS Budget Problem?
CNN, Saturday Morning News, December 1, 2012- Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn interviewed about the Sequester.
Poz Magazine, December, 2012-Poz 100 The Soldiers, Health GAP's Michael Tikili is named one of the leading AIDS activists of his generation.
CNN, Starting Point, November 28, 2012- Naked AIDS activists protest assistance cuts in John Boehner's office (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn interviewed)
Washington Post, November 28, 2012-AIDS Activists Arrested After Disrobing in House Speaker Boehner's Office (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn quoted)
WAMU, Novermber 28, 2012- AIDS Activists Stage Naked Demonstration In Boehner's Office (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn interviewed)
US News and World Report, November 27, 2012- Nude AIDS Activists Arrested in Boehner's Office (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn quoted)
NY Times, November 27, 2012- In Protesting Cuts, AIDS Activists Bare All (Health GAP's Michael Tikili quoted)
Talking Points Memo, November 27, 2013- Nude Protesters Arrested After Storming Speaker Boehner’s Office (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn quoted)
CBS DC, November, 27, 2013- Nude AIDS Activists Arrested In Speaker Boehner’s Office (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn quoted)
Huffington Post, November 27, 2012-John Boehner Naked Protesters: Group Storms House Speaker's Office (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn quoted)
Bloomberg, November 27, 2012-Naked Ambition in Speaker’s Office: AIDS Activists Strip on Hill (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn quoted)
Business Insider, November 27 2012- Naked People Just Stormed John Boehner's Office To Protest Budget Cuts (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn quoted)
WJLA, November 27, 2012- John Boehner naked protesters arrested (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn quoted)
Raw Story, September 6, 2012- Five questions for: ‘Take the Money Out’ activist Paul Davis about disrupting a National Journal event
Raw Story, September 5, 2012- Five questions for a young activist fighting AIDS globally (SGAC's Amirah Sequeira interviewed)
Bloomberg Business Week, July 25, 2012- Obama Skipping AIDS Conference for Campaign Draws Activists’ Ire (Health GAP's Matthew Kavanagh quoted)
Washington Times, July 24, 2012-Obama hit for not showing at AIDS event (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn quoted)
news@Northeastern, July 20, 2012- 3Qs: High time for an AIDS ‘wake- up call’ (interview with Health GAP's Brook Baker)
PBSNewsHour, June 11, 2012- Activists Question Obama's AIDS Plan (Health GAP Kenya's Paul Davis interviewed)
Huffington Post, April 13, 2012- Health GAP's Matthew Kavanagh writes, "Transformative Development: How Jim Yong Kim Might Change the World Bank"
Huffington Post, March 12, 2012-Health GAP's Matthew Kavanagh writes, "World Bank: Drastic Reformer Needed to Right a Failing Agenda"
Poz Magazine, January/February, 2012-Forgotten Sons. Health GAP's Michael Tikili is interviewed about his experience living with HIV.
Selected 2011 Media
NY Times, December 1, 2011-Obama Says He Will Seek More Money for AIDS Programs (Health GAP's Matt Kavanagh quoted)
NPR, December 1, 2011-Obama Embraces 'End of AIDS,' Promises to Accelerate AIDS Treatment (Health GAP's Jennifer Flynn interviewed)
IRIN, December 1, 2011- HIV/AIDS: Obama applauded for new treatment pledge (Health GAP's Asia Russell interviewed)
Columbia Spector, November 30, 2011- Halfway through AIDS pandemic? Hopefully, according to advocates (SGAC's Amirah Sequeira interviewed)
Health Affairs, November 29, 2011- PEPFAR’s Declining Investment In HIV/AIDS Treatment (by Health GAP's Matt Kavanagh and Margie Thorp
Village Voice, June 22, 2011- Generation HIV: Young Gay Men At Risk (interview with Michael Tikili)